Atlanta boasts approximately sixty Starbucks locations and its no secret why they’re so popular – they’re quick and easy and generally delicious. However, Atlanta also has at least as many independent coffee houses with charms and tastes all their own, and some even work as non-profits for really excellent causes. Sometimes getting out of the familiar and every-day to enjoy a new coffeehouse experience can not only get you a caffeine fix, but also expose you to sides of Atlanta that you forgot existed before the chain coffeehouses took over. We share 17 delicious coffee shops Atalanta locals love.
With businesses that operate for a cause to places we go just ‘cause, Atlanta is stuffed with alt-Starbucks cafes that provide top-notch service in completely original packages. We’ve got options for every inclination and quirk. Whether you’re looking for a place to be productive or to meet new people, whether you’re a cat person or a dog person, whether you like modern or rustic, there is a local coffee shop that will suit you.
Located in one of the largest refugee cities in America, Refuge Coffee Co. is dedicated to making good coffee and helping refugees find community, work, and belonging in Clarkston. Currently, Refuge operates out of refurbished garage with lots of outdoor space for patrons to relax, work, and interact with the community, but with the creation of two mobile cafés, the Refuge Coffee Truck, the non-profit is seeking to expand their mission and their coffee in order to grow the company to help even more refugees and create “a more vibrant” Clarkston.
Plans for growth include roasting their own coffee beans and creating a more permanent café location in Clarkston, so every cup you order goes to helping refugees resettle and find a lasting place in America. With a copious outdoor seating space, Refuge is the perfect place to relax with a yummy coffee drink this fall, and meet and support people from all over the world while you’re at it.
This small locale Decatur café brings together the best of cozy and collected. Settle into a comfy couch or settle down at a table and enjoy a deliciously yummy hot chocolate or espresso (with cake!) and take in all that makes Decatur one of the fastest growing neighborhoods in the Atlanta area.
With Java Monkey located just off the Decatur Square, you can take your cup to go for some of the best window shopping Atlanta has to offer, or enjoy your coffee in the park. It’s low-key, it’s cozy, and it offers a little refuge from the noise of every day life. Java Monkey displays local artists’ work on their walls for sale and hosts poetry slams and music nights in their outdoor seating area, so have a seat, take up a hot drink, and revel under the stars with the great local talent.
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Praised for its fresh coffee and vibes, Octane has four amazing locations across Atlanta (and two in Alabama) so getting your caffeine fix to power through the day is easier than ever. With shops in Buckhead, Midtown, Woodruff Arts Center, and Grant Park, Octane is never too far away.
Boasting free Wi-Fi, plenty of seating, powering stations, and baristas who can make some killer latte art, Octane is a must-visit for any Atlanta caffeine addict. The modern atmosphere and fresh playlist will help you actually be super productive for once. With a location at the High Museum, you can top off a perfect museum day with a hot coffee and warm snack at this modern and chic coffee spot.
Begun with a dream and a hugely successful Kickstarter campaign, Java Cats Café, which opened just this spring, became Atlanta’s first cat café. Though the goal of the café is to have homeless cats (sourced by PAWS Atlanta) adopted by area families, the shop doesn’t skimp on the café part of their name.
Java Cats Café partnered with Ebrik coffee to bring the best drinks to cat lovers all over Atlanta. Alongside aiding cats, Java Cat also supports Gathering Industries, a local non-profit seeking to help the homeless, with items for sale in the shop. Stop by their website for a 10% off coupon and to make a reservation for the cat room (though reservations are not required, they are highly recommended due to demand).
Decorated in the style of coffee houses of old, Café Intermezzo commits to the aesthetic of the past and quality of the present in four Atlanta area locations. With a drink menu longer than the food menu, any niche drinker’s desire can be filled with coffees, alcohol, and chocolate. Take a tour of the cake selection, relax in the dim and lush atmosphere, and learn languages in the bathroom – Intermezzo doesn’t do anything half-way.
Put down the phone (it’s too dark for Instragram anyway) and enjoy the romantic and intimate European atmosphere in the middle of a modern American city. Sit on the patio and watch Atlanta traffic go by, cuddle up inside with a hot drink, or enjoy an artisan meal from their full menu. On the go? Check out their location in the Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson airport for a boost before you board. Check out the Dunwoody, Midtown, and Alpharetta locations and be on the lookout for locations opening in the next year in Plano, Texas and Nashville, Tennessee.
Fresh to the Decatur café scene, Ebrik Coffee Room brings a touch of modern global culture to their drinks. Though seating is limited, the airy space is perfect for catching up with old friends or getting to work on your latest project.
With locations near both Agnes Scott College and Georgia State University, this shop specializes in making patrons feel like they are at home, surrounded by comfort and community. Ebrik offers a variety of modern and traditional brews, and supports the community with various cultural events, from book signings to short film premieres. Stop by for a Turkish brew today, and stay for the warm community-centered atmosphere.
With the motto “Drink Coffee. Do Good.” Land of a Thousand Hills Coffee Company is another local café that wants to do more for the world than design seasonal drinks. This coffee company seeks to aid the citizens of Rwanda with work, fair wages, and an increased quality of life for Rwandan families.
With locations all over the US, and four in the Atlanta area in Roswell, Atlantic Station, Cumming, and Downtown, lending a helping hand to those in need has never been easier, or more delicious. Liked what you tasted? Buy blends from their website to brew at home and support Rwandan farmers and their families.
Beginning with a small bar in Ponce City Market, Spiller Coffee has recently opened a second location in Toco Hills Shopping Center. Infused with the same hip energy that runs through the walls of Ponce City Market, Spiller Park offers a range of drinks and treats that you won’t find anywhere else.
With a variety of espresso and tea selections, Spiller Park rounds out its menu with hot chocolate, sipping chocolate, coconut sippers, and cola-cocktails. If you’re in the mood for a snack, Spiller Park offers a fun range of toast with toppings for something a little different from other coffee shops.
With one of the most eclectic seating arrangements in the coffee business, Dancing Goats offers a variety of drinks and snacks with a side order of quirk. The shop capitalizes on its rustic and fun atmosphere in both the Decatur and Ponce City Market locations. Relax by the waterfall with a latte and watch the Decatur traffic go by, or take your mocha to go and explore the hipster shops at Ponce City Market.
Situated in one of Atlanta’s oldest neighborhoods, Inman Perk seeks to keep a warm, friendly, neighborhood atmosphere in a part of the city that is growing more and more into an urban cityscape. This family owned and operated coffee shop is the perfect refuge from the city with coffee, treats, and free wifi. To top it all off, Inman Perk gives back with a commitment to bettering its community and environment. Check out their second location in Gainesville.
Nestled in the Emory University community, this modern coffee shop offers drinks, food, and atmosphere in Latin and American style. Most of the food and coffee is sourced from Latin and South American farms, so settle down with a Golden Sampler and Latte and let your taste buds take a trip south of the border.
Coffeehouses are more than just coffeehouses today, and Kavarna is no exception. Operating at once as a coffee shop, music venue, and gallery, Kavarna offers patrons a slice of Atlanta culture alongside their coffee. With hot and cold drinks, plenty of comfortable seating and helpful staff, Kavarna brings high city life to a local scene.
If you’re more of a dog person, check out Park Grounds, which is half coffee shop, half dog park. Offering coffee for you and canine companionship for your pup, Park Grounds brings together the fun of a dog park and the atmosphere of a coffee shop. Enjoy a cup and a breakfast sandwich on a weekend morning while your dog lets out some of that energy.
Hodgepodge on Moreland Avenue boasts a large menu for signature drinks and eats, all of which are made fresh each day (with availability depending on the day). They also offer a variety of hearty sandwiches from tuna to Jerk chicken to a vegan hummus option. Hodgepodge invests in its community by offering local artists and merchants to offer their arts and wares for sale and display at the shop location. Check their calendar for community events, or rent out their space for your own private affair.
With a commitment to details and perfect, Condesa Coffee offers high quality beverages and food made from high quality and carefully selected ingredients. With a commitment to historic preservation and authenticity, both the Downtown Auburn Avenue location and the Old Fourth Ward location are meticulously and proudly preserved and decorated for your pleasure. From pour overs to waffles, Condesa will not disappoint.
If you love biking as much as you love coffee, Atlanta has a place for you, too. Sweet Auburn’s Café + Velo proclaims itself as a “home base” for Atlanta’s biking community, offering breakfast sandwiches and exclusive coffee blends. Advocating for the fun, eco-friendly, and healthy biker lifestyle, Café + Velo brings together two cultures to provide amusement, food, and community for Atlanta’s biking (or non-biking) folks.
With a commitment to reinvigorating the social life in their neighborhood, ChocoLate opened in in Shallowford Exchange in 2012 and has since expanded to North Decatur as well. With custom roasted beans, organic espresso options, and freshly made pastries, ChocoLate invites patrons in and keeps them with friendly staff and community outreach events.
What else do you like with your coffee? If you’re a craft beer person, try out the Taproom in Kirkwood for craft beer and coffee. If you’re more into freshly made breads and sweets, try Proof Bake Shop in Inman Park for pastries alongside your cup of joe. If tea is more your speed, try out Dr. Bombay’s Underwater Tea Parlour for tea and thrifted books in Candler Park.
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